Dogs, cats can suffer from hypertension | University students compete at animal health hackathon | Researchers look into effects of wildfires on backyard chicken eggs
April 12, 2018
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Dogs, cats can suffer from hypertension
Dogs, cats can suffer from hypertension
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Researchers are learning that hypertension is associated with eye, heart, brain and kidney damage in dogs and cats, according to the American Heart Association, and optimal blood pressure is consistent in cats regardless of breed, but it varies by breed in dogs. Although obesity does not appear to affect blood pressure directly in dogs and cats, obesity has numerous other health effects in companion animals, says veterinarian Sonya Gordon, associate professor of cardiology at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
HealthDay News/American Heart Association (4/11) 
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University students compete at animal health hackathon
The grand prize-winning team at a student hackathon sponsored by the University of Georgia and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health developed an artificial intelligence-driven feeding and weight monitoring system for cats and dogs. Thirteen multidisciplinary teams paired with mentors from the veterinary industry, academia and clinical practice pitched ideas for improving the human-animal bond; diagnosing veterinary diseases; preventing, measuring and tracking disease; and improving agricultural sustainability.
University of Georgia/UGA Today (4/11) 
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Researchers look into effects of wildfires on backyard chicken eggs
Potentially hazardous materials burned along with houses in California's wildfires last year, and University of California at Davis veterinarian Maurice Pitesky is working to determine whether backyard chickens subsequently ate some of those materials and are laying contaminated eggs. The results of the study might inform food safety guidelines for people who raise backyard flocks, Dr. Pitesky said.
Capital Public Radio (Calif.) (4/10) 
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AVMF issues research grants
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation issued a grant of nearly $30,000 to veterinarian Derek Foster for his research on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of intramammary ceftiofur in cow milk at North Carolina State University. Veterinarian Duncan Lascelles, also at NCSU, received nearly $15,000 to study the pharmacokinetics of gabapentin based on route of administration in cats. Veterinarian Butch KuKanich at Kansas State University received nearly $25,000 from the AVMF and a bequest from Susan Isaac Maylahn to develop an abuse-resistant oral analgesic for dogs with moderate to severe pain.
JAVMA News (4/11) 
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Swift action prevented BSE outbreak in US
Swift action prevented BSE outbreak in US
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The USDA responded swiftly to a report of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Washington state in December 2003, placing farms under quarantine, recalling beef and updating cattle feeding and slaughter protocols. Very few cases have since been reported, and federal officials continue active surveillance.
The Daily Beast (4/11) 
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Elevate Your Passion at AVMA Convention 2018
Join the AVMA in the beautiful city of Denver from July 13-17, 2018. Attend world-class CE sessions, exciting networking events, and visit our exhibit hall full of the latest products and services. Start planning your trip today!
Animal News
More colleges allowing on-campus pets
A growing number of colleges and universities are opening pet-friendly floors in residence halls in an effort to recruit students and ease the transition to campus life. Most limit the types of pets allowed, but Eckerd College, which has been pet-friendly since the 1972-73 academic year, has seen ducks, bearded dragons, hedgehogs and tortoises, among others, and holds a pet commencement ceremony each spring.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/11) 
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Policy Watch
Neb. lifts licensing requirements for veterinary massage therapists
The Nebraska Legislature unanimously approved a bill eliminating state licensing requirements for veterinary massage therapists. The state had mandated that only veterinarians or human-massage therapists with additional training could offer veterinary massage therapy.
Hastings Tribune (Neb.)/The Associated Press (4/11) 
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Around the Office
Health savings accounts could be smart options for business owners
Depending on the health plan offered at a small business, setting up a health savings account can yield major tax savings. Eric Rosenberg looks closely at HSAs, including their advantages for business owners and how to set one up.
Due Payments Blog (4/9) 
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AVMA Today
Take steps to protect postal workers and other unexpected guests from dog bites
This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. Dog bites are a particular concern to postal, delivery and utility workers, who are at higher risk of bites because their jobs require them to enter your dog's territory. Help protect these workers from dog bites by posting signs so they know you have a dog, and if you know one is coming, put your dog in an area where it can feel safe and can't reach these unexpected visitors. Visit the AVMA's website to learn more about dog bite prevention and access tools to help educate others so we can all work together to prevent dog bites.
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